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Maine Energy Plan: Pathway to 2040 Kick-off

MAINE, August 22 - Governor?s Energy Office

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Date: August 22, 2023

Start Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting. Registration is required. Please register using the Zoom link below.

Meeting description/purpose:

The Governor's Energy Office is starting a planning effort for achieving the use of 100 percent clean energy in Maine by 2040. The "Maine Energy Plan: Pathway to 2040" will engage the public and key energy stakeholders on actionable and affordable strategies to meet this target, such as through diversifying energy sources in Maine, stabilizing electricity rates, reducing emissions, and supporting jobs and economic investment.

This process stems from direction by Governor Janet Mills, who called for accelerating Maines trajectory to using 100 percent clean electricity to 2040 in her State of the Budget Address earlier this year, in response to burden on Maine people and businesses from high fossil fuel prices caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Maine Energy Plan: Pathway to 2040 process intends to align with goals of the states climate action plan, Maine Wont Wait, and build upon recent state energy analyses centering on distributed generation, energy storage, offshore wind, renewable energy markets, and strengthening Maines clean energy economy. The GEO has also retained The Brattle Group and Evolved Energy Research to conduct a modeling and technical analyses to inform this planning process.

The GEO will start the planning process meeting with a virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 21 from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.. This meeting will introduce the Maine Energy Plan process, present an overview of technical modeling to support the plan and initial demand forecast results, and opportunity for Q&A. It will be the first of multiple opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement and input on this planning process. The GEO intends to deliver a recommended pathway to the Governor by early 2024.

The Maine Energy Plan: Pathway to 2040 process intends to align with goals of the states climate action plan, Maine Wont Wait, and build upon recent state energy analyses centering on distributed generation, energy storage, offshore wind, renewable energy markets, and strengthening Maines clean energy economy. The GEO has also retained The Brattle Group and Evolved Energy Research to conduct a modeling and technical analyses to inform this planning process.

To join the virtual kick-off meeting on August 22, please register here: https://cbuilding.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvfuyrrj8sGtfHkOa_FXjC2AZjm6jcvpIg

For more about the "Maine Energy Plan: Pathway to 2040" and to sign up for email updates, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/energy/studies-reports-working-groups/current-studies-working-groups/energyplan2040

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For further information, contact:

Name: Allie Rand

Phone: (207) 816-0765